• stephanie sickles

Curly Hair Do's and Dont's

Ladies, Listen up!! We all know that happy hair is pretty hair, and in case you didn’t know, natural curls can be just a bit more demanding in that department. I know just what your curls need to keep them healthy and happy year round and ESPECIALLY in the summer months when hair seems to defy the limits of gravity and expand! I have been working with curly hair my entire life—as I was blessed with the red fro of the family—(my nickname isn’t fluffy for no reason)

Read on for a list of must do’s (and don’ts!) for those gorgeous curls the rest of the world only dream about.


Always detangle your hair when it’s still wet, and preferably with your fingers while the conditioner is still in it for protective coating. This will help minimize breakage while you tame that mane after the shower.

Shampoo is for your scalp! Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a ton of shampoo and you have to lather from root to tip. Not so! Use only the amount of shampoo necessary to cleanse your scalp and keep it there as much as possible. The detergents in shampoo can be very drying, and curly hair is dry enough all by itself.

On the same note, conditioner is for your hair. Concentrate the conditioner on the length of your hair, away from your scalp. Your scalp creates all the moisture it needs, but the rest of your hair needs your help.

Moisture is your friend. Naturally curly hair is also naturally dry hair. Choose hair products that are specifically formulated for curly hair. I absolutely fell in love with Ouidad products about 3 years ago.

Retaining moisture in the hair is vital to keep curls hydrated and frizz free. The more hydrated the hair, the less frizzy it becomes.


Always apply your products on your hair while your hair is wet! When educating my guests on when to apply their product, they are always surprised as to how wet there hair should be when applying products.

Step 1: Shampoo the root

Step 2: Condition mid-shaft and ends then, comb through

Step 3: Ring hair out but do not towel dry

Step 4: Apply leave- in conditioner

Step 5: Apply curl cream or gel (using rake and shake method)

Step 6: Diffuse or air dry


The absolute, number 1 rule of curly hair: do not brush when dry. Really, we hardly have to tell you, right? Brushing breaks up the hair strands that form the curls, can yank it out at the root, and even causes split ends. The result? A not so happy head of hair that ends up looking rather… well, large. No thanks!

Don’t skip out on your regular trims and/or treatments. Regular trims keep split ends at bay, and curly hair with split ends is curly hair with frizz. In addition, use treatments to help keep those beautiful curls in hydration heaven, such as our Ouidad Deep Treatment Curl Restoration Therapy or our Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner. Trust us, your tresses will thank you!

Are you ready to show your curls some love? Schedule a consultation through my website or head on over to the Jon Lori Salon.

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